President Joe Biden says Washington could be in direct conflict if China tries to occupy the island by force.
U.S. President Joe Biden indicated Monday that Washington is willing to use military force to protect Taiwan if necessary. He told a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidar in Tokyo that the United States views China. “Going” With his troops as unacceptable.
Asked if the United States would be directly involved in the conflict between China and Taiwan, including the use of military force, Biden said “Yes,” Add that “It’s a promise we made.” The U.S. leader has previously said he respects Washington ‘One China’ Policy, by which it acknowledges that Beijing is the only China to lead.
Biden, however, maintains that China does not “Taiwan has jurisdiction to occupy and use force.” Such is the idea of the island nation “It simply came to our notice then. It will displace the whole region. “ The US president added.
The US leader is on his first official visit to Asia. For the first time in this century, a trip to China was not included. According to Nikkei Asia News outlet, talks between Biden and Kishidar were one of the main ones to stop China. The US president is accompanied by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raymondo, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Biden is scheduled to meet with leaders of Japan, India and Australia on Tuesday during the so-called Quartet Security Dialogue (Quad) summit. The US president is expected to launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework later on Monday. The trade agreement is designed to deepen US cooperation with countries in the region in the areas of supply chain, digital trade, clean energy and the fight against corruption.
The agreement could eventually include 12 countries, including the United States, Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Taiwan will not be part of it, Sullivan confirmed on Sunday.
“We want to deepen our economic partnership with Taiwan, including on high-tech issues, including the supply of semiconductors.” He said. “But we are following it in the first instance on a bilateral basis.”
Taiwan has recently accused China of repeatedly violating its defense zone. In early May, the island nation announced that a Chinese nuclear-capable bomber had entered the region. Taiwan has actually been self-governing since 1949, when the remnants of the nationalist government fled the mainland after their defeat in the civil war, but have not officially declared independence from China. Beijing views the Taiwanese authorities as separatists, insisting that the island is an integral part of China.
Beijing regularly flexes its military muscles near the island, buzzing it with large aircraft units and sending warships. Taiwan has also been a source of constant friction between China and the United States. The United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Taipei, but enjoys close military cooperation with the island. Washington has long pledged to protect Taiwan “Freedom.”